Western Digital Red WD80EFZX 8TB Review (Page 11 of 11)

Page 11 - Conclusion

I sure cannot imagine being able to buy 32TB of storage for $1320 a decade ago. But for how far we have been, this is now a reality. Back to the question I have proposed in the beginning of this review, what the heck is 32TB of storage? I will admit other than showing you a few photos, I actually did not answer this question in this review. Due to some unfortunate delays in our acquisition of the latest high performance SMB NAS system for real world testing, I will have to save all the results for the article The 32TB NAS Setup: Striking the Sweet Spot to be published in the coming weeks. That said, I think we still have a pretty clear picture on what the Western Digital Red WD80EFZX 8TB means to us today based on the comprehensive testing conducted in the last eight pages. As it was in the past with non-Pro WD Red series drives, the WD80EFZX strikes a great balance when you look into all the parameters. The 5,400RPM spindle speed will not help this HDD take home any performance crowns, but it does well in areas where it needs to perform well in. Furthermore, it provides a decent increase in performance with respect to its 4TB and 6TB counterparts. Compared to the Seagate NAS HDD 8TB (A slightly updated version is now part of the new IronWolf series), a 7,200RPM drive, the helium-filled Western Digital Red WD80EFZX 8TB is significantly more power efficient at the expense of performance. For about $330 at press time, you will need to look into what you want. Seagate's offering is $30 cheaper, faster, but less power efficient. Western Digital's offering costs a bit more due to the helium fill, slower due to its 5,400RPM specification, but will save you money on your power bill in the long run. At the end of the day, there is no doubt the Western Digital Red WD80EFZX 8TB is a solid choice, but what is most important to you will determine what you should buy.

Western Digital provided this product to APH Networks for the purpose of evaluation.

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The helium-filled Western Digital Red WD80EFZX 8TB is a large capacity drive that plays the game by attempting to balance the parameters: Power efficiency, price, and performance.

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Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 Disk Benchmark
4. Benchmark: ATTO Disk Benchmark
5. Benchmark: Crystal Disk Mark 3.0
6. Benchmark: HD Tach 3.0.1.0
7. Benchmark: HD Tune Pro 4.60
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 8.0
9. Benchmark: PCMark 7
10. NAS Performance, Power Consumption
11. Conclusion